Homemade Cherry Liqueur is so easy, time does all the work! It makes a great Christmas gift, though you want to some for yourself too!
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Cherry season is so fleeting! I am always looking for ways to preserve cherries. If you read this blog with any regularity you know I consider infusing alcohol as one of my hobbies. Combine my hobby with infusing liquors and wanting to preserve cherries and you come up with a tasty solution – Homemade Cherry Liqueur!
Homemade Cherry Liqueur
Making this homemade cherry liqueur is so easy! You basically pit a bunch of cherries, I used this cherry pitter. You place the pitted cherries in a large jar, add vodka and sugar. Shake the jar and steep in a cool dark place for 8 – 12 weeks.
At that time, you can strain out the cherries and store them in the freezer – they are amazing on ice cream. Or you can do like I do and just leave them in the liqueur, scooping them out when you want some cherries.
Great for Christmas Gifts
This is so lovely when decanted into pretty bottles, like these 12 ounce, or these 8.5 ounce, or this one with serving glasses. As a bonus you get to keep the strained cherries – spoon them on vanilla ice cream!
Just be sure and make a second batch for yourself. You are going to want to. Really you are.
Dark Cherry Liqueur
This Dark Cherry Liqueur is the perfect way to preserve cherries!
- 1 1/2 pounds cherries
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 750 milliliter vodka 80 Proof
Pit the cherries and place them in a glass container large enough to hold them, the vodka and the sugar. Add the vodka and sugar to the jar. Shake to dissolve the sugar. Steep in a cool, dark place for 8 weeks.
The original recipe tells you at 8 weeks to strain out the solids and then add 1/2 cup of simple sugar syrup and age for 2 to 3 months. I obviously skip this step. I just let mine age with the cherries in it for about 3 months and then start fishing out the cherries as I need (or want) them!
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